The public highlighted a ’positive backing’ for future farmer funding with 74 per cent believing taxpayer funding should continue post-Brexit.
Almost three-quarters of the general public thought farmers should continue to be funded by the taxpayer after the UK has left the EU, according to a Bayer survey.
More than 2,000 adults were asked in October whether taxpayers should continue to fund UK farmers to grow food and look after the environment once it leaves the EU.
An ’overwhelming’ number of respondents thought it was important that the UK produced its own food (97 per cent) and that farmers were important to the UK economy and way of life (96 per cent).
Bayer head of communications and Government affairs for crop science Dr Julian Little said the survey showed ‘positive backing’ for retaining farmer funding once the UK leaves the EU.
“Only 9 per cent of those polled suggested there were more important things to be spending taxpayers’ money on.
“It should give confidence for the farming industry to make strong representations to Government for a support payment post-2020.”
The survey also highlighted a majority vote for food production and looking after the environment to be the focus of the funding.
There was further support for food production as the focus (22 per cent), compared to looking after the environment (11 per cent).
“Clearly the general public is concerned about food security in the wake of Brexit, and how we will feed a growing world population in the future, using fewer resources and with less available land,” said Dr Little.
“This survey shows the high regard farmers are held within this country, and the importance the public attaches to what they do.
“Agriculture must have a strong voice in the upcoming Brexit negotiations, and we are keen to play our part.”